PUB partners with SWCC and Water Corporation on shared challenges

Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, has formed two new knowledge sharing partnerships with key international water utilities through memorandums of understanding (MOUs) signed at Singapore International Water Week, 8 to 12 July 2017.

The agreements with Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) of Saudi Arabia, and Water Corporation of Western Australia, set out collaborations on innovations and advances in water treatment and supply, and exchange of operational knowledge and experience.

Specifically, the MOU with SWCC promotes knowledge sharing in water supply, and water network management and innovation, including desalination technology, energy reduction, water management systems (SCADA), leak detection, non-revenue water, and automated metering. More broadly, it will support relations between the governments of Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

The MOU with Water Corporation provides for cooperation and collaboration on urban water supply, and wastewater management and innovation, particularly climate change adaptation, water quality management, energy efficiency of wastewater treatment technologies, water reuse, asset resilience, smart water technologies, and customer engagement.

Both of the agreements include staff exchanges to enable the partners to gain direct insights on shared water challenges.

“Water utilities around the world grapple with many common challenges: climate change, pollution, population growth and urbanisation, and the rising cost of operations. These compel water utility leaders to work ever closer together to co-create mutually beneficial solutions,” said PUB chief executive Ng Joo Hee.